Unit Studies

All unit studies we have currently put together are in alphabetical order below. Don’t see what you are looking for? Put in a request and I’ll see what I can do for you! Happy homeschooling!


All About Me (and My Family)

All About Me is an awesome unit study because it can be stretched across various subjects and for an extensive amount of time. Not to mention, it can be used for years – from preschool to the later elementary years! I have given many resources below that can be used for varying ages and subjects. Enjoy!

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – All About Me (and My Family) Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study
  • Put it in action and have fun!

There are tons of “All About Me” and “All About Family”-related books out there! From the public library and Amazon to Books a Million and YouTube – there are almost too many to choose from! I personally recommend the public library as a major source, but next to them I recommend YouTube. There are several videos I have found of nice stories that are read by an individual using a virtual book. Here are a few I suggest:

When it came to finding packs, I didn’t have to look far! Becky from thisreadingmama.com has an amazing All About Me PreK-K pack that is awesome, and FREE! There are more than 15 activities packed with phonemic awareness skill development, sight words, handwriting practice, basic math skills, and more! There are also book suggestions that go perfectly with these packs! Be sure to download BOTH PARTS! Click HERE for this amazing find.

I came across some more great finds on Teachers Pay Teachers that are sure to help with the All About Me (and My Family) unit study. Check out this free All About Me Booklet made by Playful Learning, this free All About Me Unit (for grades 3-5) made by Tristen Dixon, and this All About Me Pennant Banner made by Kim Miller. A cool activity for the pennant banner is to involve the entire family. Do one for each family member, connect them together, and hang them on the wall!

HERE is another All About Me find from teachersnotebook.com that includes five pages to print, color, and fill out. They can be stapled together to make a book!

kidssoup.com offers a variety of books, rhymes, songs, and activities for an All About Me unit study. It is all conveniently located in one place (HERE) for easy bookmarking and viewing as needed!

Sensory bins, like lapbooks, are becoming pretty famous! If you’re looking for a unique sensory bin activity geared towards the My Family theme, check out Clarissa’s [from munchkinsandmoms.com] idea of using different colored beans, pictures of each family member, and a bin! Throw in some magnets and a cookie sheet and you’ve got a variety of activities in one! Click HERE to see her My Family Sensory Bin activity.

Jennifer, from homegrownheartsacademy.com, has some super-cute family printables that can be used for little’s, and the not-so-little’s! Included in THIS pack are sheets geared towards a family tree, family member interviews, all about each member sheets, and more! This is something that can be used each year to monitor growth of each member and the family as a whole!

Already-made lesson plans are a bonus, too! amandaslifeandkids.blogspot.com offers a five-day We are Family lesson plan that is laid out day-by-day for easy use! Bookmark it, print it, and put it to use! Best part is you can make adjustments where you need them! And, you can use this as a template to build on more days for this unit [or others] as needed! Click HERE for this great find!

HERE is a We Are Family Social Studies unit created by an awesome school teacher, Nancy – from firstgradewow.blogspot.com. Within this mini unit are printouts including a poem, a mini book, and more!

Below are some videos that are valuable at enhancing understanding about self and families:

Hope you are able to make a great unit study from the resources provided above! If you have anything you would like to add, please feel free to share!


Cells (Plants, Animals, Humans)

This unit study is for the middle elementary school grades and up. It involves a combination of interactive online teaching, printouts, and videos. I plan to teach on plant, animal, and human cells together because it could make for interesting learning!

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – Cells Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study
  • Put it in action and have fun!

There are a few suggestive studies that specify books that they used to teach from; however, they noted that we could use whatever books we wanted. We will be using the following Usborne books: Illustrated Dictionary of Science, Science Encyclopedia, and Introduction to Genes & DNA.

encouragingmomsathome.com has an amazing Plant and Animal Cell Learning Pack that tee-totally FREE! She also notates a few activities that her daughter did with several of this printouts. The way this is used is totally versatile with whatever resources you already have or can find to use. If you don’t have the same textbook, that’s okay! We will be using a couple of Usborne books, but you can always use the public library to check out some great and compatible books as well!

Did I mention how much I love Teachers Pay Teachers?! I have a seller account on there for some of my goodies (all free), but man oh man, are there some ah-mazing teachers out there?!?! I just so happen to come across a Cell Organelles Structure and Function Interactive Notebook Activity FREEBIE from Science from the South! All you need is Acrobat, printer paper, and a little creativity (if you don’t have an actual interactive notebook) – and that’s it!

Since I’m combining the human, animal, and plant cells all into one unit, we can’t go wrong with coloring sheets. Every so often, you can land a good single coloring sheet from a site like Crayola! Here’s a good Human Cell Coloring Page! You can search their Coloring & Crafts tab for lots of other coloring pages.

I came across this great and simple page that highlights plant and animal cells. It’s short and sweet and to the point. This can be used as a quick note-taker, copy work, or something to refer to before taking a quiz! Special thanks to Ally Kowalski! Click here!

Here is a slightly more in depth study on the human cells. This homeschool Mom used this for her homeschool group coop and it was a hit! I’m so thankful that other Moms are willing to share [in detail] lessons that they have taught and provide resources for them to be used as well! She used a textbook from Apologia but said that any book will work! Thank you Maureen from spelloutloud.com for this awesome Human Body: Learning About Cells lesson plan!

Below are some links to some great videos about cells:

If you have anything you can add to this Cell Unit, please let us know!


Creation Days

Creation days are can be super fun and easy to teach! Use the resources below to help introduce, teach, and instill God’s Word to and in your children!

Note for teaching older kiddos: While some of the activities are geared towards early childhood and elementary levels of learning, middle/high grade children can still participate by helping create some of the activities that will be used by the little ones. 

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – Creation Days Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study (if you are using our Toddler 2s Curriculum, this unit study will be used for 17 weeks)
  • Put it in action and have fun!

 

Christian Preschool Printables has amazing creation pack that is free and easy to download. This is definitely a must-have when teaching the creation days! Simply print off the days as you need them, give your kiddo some crayons/colored pencils/paint/markers and let them have at it! At the end of the study, staple these together to make a keepsake book that they can refer to time and time again! (Click on the name to be directed to their website. They have requested that the creation day pack not be made available for mass distribution. Therefore, out of respect for their request, you will have to go to their website and download your own copy to be used for your family.)

The Creation Pre-K Pack from marymarthamama.com compliments the one mentioned above, as well as activities that will be mentioned later. Her printables offer a wide range of tracing, drawing pictures, recognition, and Scripture. Visit her blog to read about detailed instructions on how to use the materials and additional activity suggestions.

In My World has a pretty incredible printable and activity unit as well. She is a Sunday School teacher and has come up with some pretty unique ways to show children the creation days beyond the coloring sheet world. From sensory bins to sensory bottles – your children are sure to have a blast with these activities. There are also several printables per creation day to print out and complete. Again, these compliment the other two mentioned as well! Below are the clickable links to each of her days, activities, printables, etc.:

We can’t have a unit study without some hands-on activities and media to watch, right? Try this Creation Scavenger Hunt as an awesome activity that combines all seven days in an interactive way! Another unique activity involves this adorable craft, paper plate the days of creation by It Happens in a Blink! They offer seven inexpensive paper plate crafts, one for each day of creation. You can either jump off your creation unit study, or end it with this simple, but amazing Creation Video!


Farm

Although studying the farm can be done any time of the year, I have found that doing it during harvest season allows for more interactive learning by visiting actual farms and dairy bars. It also creates a smooth transition into other unit studies such as a Fall season unit study, weather, or another kind of animal-type of study (such as zoo animals or pets).

If you are following our Toddler 2’s Curriculum, this unit study would plug in perfectly for Week 9.

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – Farm Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study
  • Put it in action and have fun!

I have about two trees worth of material collected for what will be an amazing farm unit study! Below, you will find material suitable for little’s as young as preschool to middle elementary grades 3+.

DLTK is a super universal site with lots of great resources for just about any subject and topic you can think of! I came across THESE Farmer in the Dell coloring sheets that can be done individually, then put together to make a lapbook. Scroll down the page to print off some tracer pages too!

Download THIS Fun Farm Kit from homeschoolshare.com and have immediate access to a library list, magnet word building, word search, math work, tracing, and more! This download is geared toward the kindergarten-age but can be used for any child that is ready!

Our friends at Life Over C’s shows us how we can incorporate math into our farm unit with this unique way of Exploring Weight on the Farm. This unique experiment uses less than ten supplies with majority of them being already in the house! Super easy and super fun addition to our farm unit study!

Deirdre from jdaniel4smom.com shows us a unique way to incorporate another math concept into our farm unit study – Measuring in Farm Units (a ruler game). Download and print the free printables, use the before the game questions and game suggestions and have fun measuring stuff around the house!

This super cute sensory bin activity from modernpreschool.com will keep our kiddos busy while working on their fine motor skills! Brown-colored rice, pig bottom cutouts, and cut pipe cleaners make up this awesome activity known as Pig Tails Color Sorting. It’s a great way to stay clean while discussing one of the farms messiest animals! 🙂

Kimberly from naturalbeachliving.com was generous to share her Fun Preschool Farm Acitivities and free printables! On this page, she shares great farm-related books, a card matching game, and painting activities using dot markers.

When teaching different ages, it’s always nice to come across something like this – a Horse Book free copybook download! The poems are in cursive and have lines under each for our children to practice their cursive writing.

Misty from yearroundhomeschooling.com is another generous giver by providing her Down on the Farm Pre-K Learning Pack, and FREE! It’s packed with letter and number tracing, matching, and more! These make for great assignment fillers! Put the printed sheets in clear page protectors and give your little one a dry-erase marker to practice tracing and you’ll have these sheets to use over and over without using tons of ink!

Investigating Seeds  from Sarah at stayathomeeducator.com is a great way to show our children how little bitty seeds grow to be big plants that produce foods that we like to eat. This is something that can also be used in a seed unit study.

Tractors [and other farm equipment] are a must in a farm unit study! HERE are some educational tractor activities for kids. This list is compiled by Crystal from survivingateachersalary.com.

Karen, from prekinders.com, has another awesome farm unit that’s totally free and comes with: picture word cards,  a list of farm books, sensory table activity, and more!

Here’s a list of videos perfect for a farm unit:


Landforms

Landforms can be a pretty amazing study. This is another topic that we will be visiting while learning about the creation days. This important creation is one of the other major ones that took place on the third day, so this unit study can be intermingled to go with Seas/Oceans and Grass/Fruit Trees.

Note for teaching older kiddos: While some of the activities are geared towards early childhood and elementary levels of learning, middle/high grade children can still participate by helping create some of the activities that will be used by the little ones. 

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – Landforms Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study (if you are using our Toddler 2’s curriculum, this unit study will be used for Week 3.)
  • Put it in action and have fun!

As with any unit study, it’s always a plus to have some type of poster or anchor chart. This Landforms Chart by teacherific.blogspot.com is a good one to have on the wall when starting to teach about this topic. If you are teaching older kiddos (middle to upper elementary), have them copy this anchor chart to keep in their folder or binder.

This Geographical Features printable made by Procrastination Station will be awesome for a lapbook. It gives definitions for landforms and bodies of water!

For my older kiddo, interactive notebooks are going to be used a lot. Between that and the lapbook, we’re going to have a notebook making good time this year, and for years to come! (Plus, I figured they’d be good keepsakes for the siblings coming up after him.) This Landforms Interactive Notebook Pack from onlypassionatecuriosity.com is definitely on our list!

This Landform Freebie by firstgradenet.com will help me test my son’s knowledge on landforms. This freebie can be used in several ways from a matching game to an anchor chart template!

secretsofthesecondgradesisters.com has an edible activity to help teach about the different kinds of landforms. This is going to be awesome for toddlers because of the snacks alone that are used to create it – blue and green frosting, vanilla wafers, and gold fish just to name a few! Click HERE to see step-by-step photos and instructions.

This Diorama Project  by the craftyclassroom.com may be tough for the toddlers but I am definitely going to help my little help in her own special way. I am going to tweak some of
the ingredients for her to make her very own, but keep everything as noted for my 3rd grader.

I came across this awesome Sand Castle Puffy Paint Art by stillplayingschool.com, but will be tweaking it to make different landform art. Check it our HERE!

This recipe for Desert Dough by keepinglifecreative.com will add a unique activity as we study about different landforms! She says that it makes a small mess but this is one creative mess that’s an easy cleanup and leaves the room smelling good! Another plus is it’s great for even the littlest learners!

Landforms Memory Game can be beneficial for all ages (including us adults)! The one offered by layers-of-learning.com showcases some major landforms from mountains and deltas to palisades and fjords! I believe there are 16 total!

Pre-K Instruction Specialist, April, from larremoreteachertips.blogspot.com shared her Landforms plans that she did for a week in her classroom. Some of these are available for purchase, but she also includes some pictures that will inspire me to create some activities of my own. I hope you can benefit from these too!

 

Awesome videos about landforms:


Ocean Animals

Ocean animals can go on and on and on FOREVER, LOL! However, we focused on a few ocean animals in our unit study. This is also a study that can be stretched out over the course of several weeks because there are so many animals that can be found in the ocean. Remember that you can always stretch a unit study across several subjects!

The ocean animals we have studied, or plan to study are:

  • Sharks
  • Sea Turtles
  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Crabs
  • Schools of Fish (herring, tuna, sand eel, etc.)
  • Jellyfish

The following are YouTube videos that are awesome to compliment an ocean animal unit study:

Teachers Pay Teachers is an amazing site to download freebies. I believe you do have to have an account, but here is the link to search Ocean Animals (just click the words “ocean animals”).

3 Boys and a Dog has an incredible unit study on ocean animals, including Bible studies and Scripture handwriting pages.

I especially like the ocean animals unite study lapbook over at The Homeshool Scientist.

Lots of free and colorful printables for a great ocean animals unit study from Natural Beach Living.

Books that I use, and others I recommend, for this unit study are:

  • My Little Animal Book (purchased at Walmart)
  • Usborne’s The Great Animal Search
  • Oceans by Johnna Rizzo
  • Animals Called Fish by Kristina Lundblad and Bobbie Kalman
  • Sea Turtles by Laura Marsh
  • Sharks by Ian Boyd
  • An Ocean of Animals by Janine Scott

We made an aquarium that goes perfect with this unit study. You can add to it with each new ocean animal studied! Click HERE to see the video.


Plants Galore

I plan to use this unit for all things plant related. Seeds, grass, leaves, flowers, gardens, and so on! This will probably be one of our biggest units. The layout will be a tad bit different in order to categorize it. . . that way, you can scroll down to whatever subtopic you prefer for easier use. Just add a .com to the end of what’s in parenthesis to go to their website, or click on the title to go directly to what is listed.

*For honorary purposes, links will not take you directly to PDF file downloads. On some websites, you may need to “subscribe” to get the free download

Note for teaching older kiddos: While some of the activities are geared towards early childhood and elementary levels of learning, middle/high grade children can still participate by helping create some of the activities that will be used by the little ones. 

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – Everything Plants Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study (if you are using our Toddler 2’s curriculum, this unit study will be used for Week 5.)
  • Put it in action and have fun!

Seeds

Plants (Flowers)

Trees & Leaves

Gardening

Other Ideas related to Plants


CurrClick


Seas/Oceans

This particular unit study will focus just on the sea and the ocean as in the body of waters alone (not including animals in the sea). Animals of the sea will be highlighted in the Sea Animals unit study. I have separated the two because we are going through the creation days for the first several weeks of the school year. When Yahweh (God) called forth the “waters under the heavens to be gathered into one place” and called “the collection of waters sea” (Genesis 1:9-10), it was in the third day along with two other major creations (which will have their own unit studies that will go hand-in-hand with this one). He had not yet created “great sea creatures and every living being that moves, with which the waters teemed, according to their kind” until the fifth day (Genesis 1:20-21).

Now that you have an idea of where I am coming from for this particular unit study, let’s dive in to some awesome things I’ve found that come together for one neat study!

Note for teaching older kiddos: While some of the activities are geared towards early childhood and elementary levels of learning, middle/high grade children can still participate by helping create some of the activities that will be used by the little ones. 

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – Seas/Oceans Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study (if you are using our Toddler 2’s curriculum, this unit study will be used for Week 3.)
  • Put it in action and have fun!

Starting out with these Land and Water form cards will make introducing this theme easy and fun even with the littlest learner! These can also be printed and used to create a flipbook or lapboard for the older learner!

Anchor charts can be lifesavers, especially when you don’t have a poster to help teach whatever concept is being learned. This Water & Landform anchor chart from mrsrichardsonsclass.com will definitely be a go-to for us for both Sea/Ocean and Landform unit studies!

sciencekiddo.com has an awesome science experiment with Salt Water that looks very informative and hands-on. . . which is a plus in our home!

Another awesome science experiment that we will definitely be doing is the Layers of the Ocean experiment from kcedventures.com!

Below are a list of websites for ocean/sea-related coloring pages:

Videos:


Seasons

Seasons can be incorporated into every area of study. This is another topic that we will be visiting a lot since our homeschooling calendar flows through all four.

Note for teaching older kiddos: While some of the activities are geared towards early childhood and elementary levels of learning, middle/high grade children can still participate by helping create some of the activities that will be used by the little ones. 

Prep Ideas:

  • Visit the websites below and bookmark them (for example, in a folder entitled – Seasons Unit Study)
  • Visit your public library and notate resources they have that you can check out and use
  • Make a list of materials that will be needed for activities (price checking is a great way to ensure you have any funds needed to purchase materials)
  • Decide how long you will do the unit study
  • Put it in action and have fun!

Going on a nature walk is an amazing activity to incorporate hands-on learning with observation practice. Nurture Store: Creative Kids Learning has a wealth of resources and ideas for activities that derive from nature walks. Click HERE to read about them!

Here are more resources from Nurture Store: Creative Kids Learning that I highly recommend:

From a season spin craft to hand art, 123 Homeschool 4 Me has incredibly creative kids activities for learning about the four seasons. Click HERE to check out how she uses construction paper, paint, and Q-tips to create a craft for each season, and more!

This free printable 4-seasons tree book by A Little Pinch of Perfect is a great way to reiterate what happens to nature during the changing of the seasons. And while you’re visiting her page, be sure to check out her Free Printable Weather Chart!

$10 and a trip to the Dollar Tree will help you create these neat Fall sensory bags made by our friends at Kids Play Box! Switch up what goes in each bag to match the changing seasons!

Looking for science experiments that do not need special materials? Click over to I Game Mom and check out her 10 Hands-On Weather Science Experiments for Kids! She shows us how to make weather vanes, a thunder storm, rain in a jar, and more!

Videos about seasons:

Seasons of the Year (a catchy song 🙂 )
Four Seasons in the Year
Seasons & Weather (for older kids)

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